• 8.34 km
  • 2.8 hours
  • Hard

Trail Description

West Bench

8 min driving from Downtown Penticton

** Important: This park resides on Penticton Indian Band land. However, hikers are allowed to enjoy this mountain regardless of their race. Paper permits are mandatory and can be obtained from the Penticton Indian Band admin office free of charge at 841 Westhills Dr, RR#2, S80, C#19, Penticton, BC. **

Mt. Nkwala is a mountain that keeps hikers happy for years! Its vast array of mountain bike trails coupled with countless viewpoints is a trail network dream come true. Previously known as "Gerry's Mountain" from the Dennis McDonald who named it after his wife Geraldine in 1949, this mountain was as a forest fire lookout until 1969! Becoming disorientated is incredibly easy on this mountain. We highly recommend bringing a GPS with our maps to ensure the summit is reached with ease.

From our parking lot directions, turn RIGHT onto the KVR, and walk until reaching One Hill Drive. Begin ascending and immediately turn left, then right up a decommissioned road. Take the fork to the left 700 meters up this decommissioned road, which may be coloured with orange ribbon. Continue forking up and right until reaching the summit, following the orange ribbon when possible. Return the same way.

The trail offers numerous viewpoints of Penticton, Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. Bears are very prominent on this trail in the fall, and hikers are advised to bring bear spray as a precaution. Remember to make plenty of noise while hiking. This trail is noted with signs for non-motorized vehicle use only by the Penticton Indian Band. No maps or trail signs en-route. Pay attention to signs of trail usage instead.

Possible trailheads are also located at Max Lake Rd and where Tyrone Pl meets Forsyth Dr. Jason, a mountain man, resides in one of numerous underground hideouts on this adventure-laden trek. He is a friendly and gentle soul who guided us to the summit when we went astray.

Features
  • GPS Map available.


Creator: Josh Hoggan
Category:Medium Hike
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Rating:Hard
Difficulty Description:A very strenuous uphill trek.
Dogs:OK on Leash
Children:Unrated
Cell Service:Excellent (Telus Sep 2017)
First Listed:2017-Feb-20
Last Updated:2017-Sep-28
Duration One-Way (solo):90 min
Duration One-Way (group):100 min
Duration Round-Trip (solo):170 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):3.2 hours
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Distance:4.17 km (one-way)
Elevation at Start:426 meters
Elevation at End:1,016 meters
Elevation Minimum:426 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,016 meters
Elevation Gain:641 meters (one-way)
Elevation Loss:-56 meters (one-way)
Slope Up:17.50% (one-way)
Slope Down:-6.80% (one-way)

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